The Advantages of Working as a Nurse

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There are many opportunities with a career in nursing you will support the other medical professionals and society as a whole. There are some rewarding benefits too: a feeling of accomplishment, a good quality of life and the salary you can earn.

There is no doubt that nursing can be hard and demanding but many nurses will tell you that being challenged is one of the more enjoyable aspects of the job.

Five advantages of working in the nursing profession

Make a Difference

When asked, a nurse will probably say that one of the most rewarding aspects of being a nurse is that you can make a substantial difference to people’s lives. The duties you are asked to perform can place you at the centre of life changing events and at the heart of your patient’s well-being. You may be required to administer CPR when in an emergency situation, or complete a comprehensive health history report which may reveal a vital piece of information which will help to make a diagnosis, you save lives every day.

You will also be the main support for the patient’s family and will build strong relationships between yourself, the client and their family. You will become the person that they rely on. For some patients who have no family or friends you will be their only support and your presence can be the positive effect that can help them recover.

Enhance Your People Skills

As a nurse you will come into contact with many different people: the patients, their family and friends, other health care professionals and social care practitioners. You will have the opportunity to interact with people of different backgrounds and protected characteristics. This will give you the opportunity to expand your worldview and develop your learning whilst on the job.

Communicating with and building relationships with patients and staff, seeking advice and support from other professionals is an exciting aspect of the job.

Carry Out a Diverse Range of Tasks

No two days will ever be the same for a nurse. The role requires you to complete many different tasks and duties, some will be performed daily and others in specific circumstances. It’s the diversity of the role that is particularly appealing for many.

Some of your responsibilities will include:

  • History-taking and initial patient examinations
  • Administering medication or injections
  • Maintaining patient records
  • Following a patient’s treatment path
  • Responding to emergencies

Great Opportunities for Career Progression

There are many different career possibilities in nursing. You may work in a hospital, a general practice, or within a non-healthcare setting such as prisons or schools. There are many different areas within nursing and there is opportunities to specialise and for career progression, with various levels of qualifications available.

Nursing provides a chance to travel; it is a universal career. Your skills are transferable both nationally and internationally and can be used in both temporary positions to support staff shortages or in a full time capacity.

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